Head & neck pain

One in eight people suffers from recurring headaches that are sometimes so severe they struggle to live normally. An estimated 80% of all headaches are caused by muscle tension. If you suffer from head or neck pain, it could be that it stems from your bite – and if so, our Monmouth dentist can help.

Gareth Jones will examine your teeth, your muscles, and your jaw joints to determine if dental stress is the source of your headaches. If it is, treatment will involve correcting your bite so that the muscles can function without extra strain and tension and this may involve creating a tailor-made splint for your mouth.

Specific signs that indicate that the head or neck pain may have a dental origin include:

  • Pain behind your eyes
  • Sore jaw muscles
  • Tired muscles upon wakening
  • Teeth grinding
  • Signs of worn teeth
  • Clicking or popping of your jaw joints
  • Head and/or scalp that’s painful to touch
  • Evidence of tongue and cheek clenching

Some of our patients have suffered for years with unexplained head and neck pain. If this sounds familiar, please contact us today.

Do you or your partner snore? We can help

If you suffer from snoring, sleep apnoea, disturbed sleep, signs of tooth wear and tear, increased tooth sensitivity, flattened teeth, cracks or broken fillings, you are not alone.

It is estimated that approaching 40% of the adult population snore – that’s around 12 million people in the UK – so please don’t suffer in silence. Help is at hand and Monmouth Dental Practice offers anti-snoring solutions, so book an appointment to see if we can help.

Our custom-made, lightweight mouthpieces are clinically proven to help reduce snoring and patients say their lives have been transformed by trying these specially designed systems.

According to the British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association more than half of us in the UK have sleep problems at some time in our lives. Poor sleep can be caused by many factors including lifestyle, illness or environmental noise, such as a snoring partner.

There are more than 80 recognised sleep disorders, and two of the most common is bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching) and snoring. Bruxism is a habit that affects around 8-10% of the population. It is characterised by grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw that causes tooth wear and breakage, disorders of the jaw (pain and limited movement) and headaches on waking.

Bruxism occurs in both children and adults but is most common in 25-44-year-olds. However, most people grind and/or clench their teeth occasionally to a certain degree.

Bruxism takes place as a response to arousals during sleep indicating that it may be a sign of another sleep disorder. The strongest association has been found between sleep bruxism and obstructive sleep apnoea, a condition that is often accompanied by daytime sleepiness and non-restorative sleep. Sleep apnoea is a medical condition that causes the airway to close completely, preventing snorers from breathing.